Ime Udoka, 45, will not be solely the previous coach for the Boston Celtics but additionally the longtime accomplice of actress Nia Lengthy, 51. The pair have been collectively since 2010 and even have a child together. On Sept. 23, 2022, the actress broke her silence about Ime’s alleged affair which reportedly led to his suspension from his workforce. “The outpouring of affection and assist from household, mates and the group throughout this troublesome time means a lot to me,” Nia mentioned to PEOPLE. “I ask that my privateness be revered as I course of the latest occasions. Above all, I’m a mom and can proceed to deal with my youngsters.” Under is all the pieces you want to find out about Nia and the previous basketball participant’s longtime romance.
Nia Lengthy & Ime Udoka’s Timeline
The Love Jones actress and Ime turned an official merchandise over a decade in the past in 2010. They first met by a mutual good friend who found the 2 had been within the metropolis of Boston on the identical time, in accordance with US Weekly. And apparently, they hit it off immediately, as a result of by 2011 Nia had found she was pregnant along with her and Ime’s first child together. That June, Nia advised reporters on the BET Awards about her thrilling information. “I used to be alleged to go to Ghana to do a movie and that’s once I discovered I used to be pregnant,” she mentioned on the time. “I had a physician’s appointment to get the yellow fever shot they usually had been like, ‘Miss Lengthy, we are able to’t provide you with a shot.’” After they advised her she was anticipating, she mentioned, “I nearly fainted. It was the very best second and the sweetest shock ever.”
Ime and his main woman had been engaged 4 years later in 2015, even supposing she has publicly mentioned she doesn’t wish to get married. In Dec. 2021 Nia opened as much as Essence about her beliefs on matrimony. “Love is sophisticated, let’s simply begin there,” she mentioned. “And then you definately begin a wedding, which I’ve by no means been married. And there’s a cause for that as a result of I don’t know that I must say ‘I do’ to show to you that I like you. But additionally, what does marriage actually [mean]… that you simply personal me now and I personal you? I don’t get that half,” Ime’s fiancée added.
Two years previous to her engagement, she spoke to Rolling Out throughout a press convention about wanting a long-term accomplice. “It’s important to have an open coronary heart to be weak to simply accept it when it does come. I feel the extra success you’ve as a lady, you kinda go, ‘Nicely, I don’t really want a person, trigger look—I’ve all the pieces I need,’ however the fact is you do want a accomplice as a result of sooner or later in your life you’re not going to wish to stroll alone,” the Friday star mentioned. Regardless of being engaged for over seven years, Ime and Nia have but to formally tie the knot.
Her Two Youngsters
As talked about above, Nia and Ime have one little one collectively, Kez Sunday Udoka, 10. However she additionally has a 21-year outdated son, Massai Zhivago Dorsey II, whom she welcomed in 2000 along with her then-boyfriend, Massai Z. Dorsey. In 2009, Nia addressed her expertise on being a single mother to Highlight to Nightlight. Regardless that she advised the outlet that her eldest son’s father was “completely concerned” she nonetheless was accountable for a lot of the day-to-day. “Actually, it’s group and planning…and maintaining a clear home! Persistence is tremendous necessary as a single mom. You do should be somewhat extra affected person as a result of the entire accountability is on you…ask for assist!”, she said at the time.
Nia usually shares many photos of her two boys on her Instagram. On Sept. 7, 2022, she shared an cute back-to-school photograph of her and Ime’s son, Kez. The wonder captioned the Instagram post, “There he’s…my yummy child boy!” Nia and her eldest son, Massai II are sometimes seen promoting products for Smile Direct Membership collectively on her social media. On Aug. 4, 2022, she shared a candy photograph of them with the caption, “Massai is nearing the top of his @smiledirectclub journey and he has completely liked the method! As a mother, my son‘s confidence is essential to me.”
Nia Lengthy’s Ex-Boyfriends
Previous to Ima, the actress was linked to a handful of Hollywood heartthrobs. From 1993 to 1995 Nia and former basketball participant Chris Webber, 49, had been in a dedicated relationship collectively. She then moved on thus far Massai from 1999 to 2001. The star was additionally linked to singer Ricky Fante, Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, rapper 50 Cent, rapper T.I., and extra.
She was additionally linked to Delight actor Kevin Phillips for 4 months in 2008. Two years later, she obtained concerned with Ime and the remaining is historical past.